Visualising your submissions pipeline with PaperStack

Our PaperStack service is continually evolving as we add new features and reports to help our clients improve the efficiency of their publishing programmes. The latest new feature is a flow diagram offering a clear view of the current status of the entire submissions pipeline.

You’ll already have a good idea of how you expect this diagram to look, from your knowledge of your journal characteristics (e.g. the relative numbers of articles accepted and rejected) and your editorial policies (e.g. the expected time a manuscript will spend in review). So it’s easy to see at a glance if any section looks out of shape and is ringing alarm bells.

Because PaperStack draws together data from all your journals, and across publishing platforms, this chart provides a great tool for managers to gain an accurate snapshot of how the submissions pipeline is functioning. And, since expectations may vary for different subject areas or individual journals, the usual PaperStack filters are in place to allow staff to explore their own areas of responsibility, as well as to report to a particular funder.

You can also explore the data for different submission years, and see how the pipeline varies between older and more recent submissions.

The chart is fully interactive, so if a particular area gives cause for concern, you can investigate by clicking to view the full article information. This will allow you to explore the reasons behind the headline figures – does the reviewer need chasing up for a decision? Or have there been a large number of revisions, perhaps indicating that the author may need some support in responding to reviewer feedback?

To find out more about this chart and the many other insights PaperStack can offer your editorial team, please get in touch to request a demo.